April is a many-faceted writer. Though her background is journalism - The Anchorage Daily News and The Miami Herald - her genre is factual fiction.
At the News she was the editor of the Sunday Magazine and wrote major feature articles and several interviews, weekly. She flew the back country in a helicopter with the Alaska Fish and Game Commission herding moose for a survival study, and interviewed visiting senators and diplomats, with equal aplomb. When the King and Queen of Nepal came to Alaska in the mid-sixties to hunt, she was chosen to be the ‘Royal Scribe.'
She went to Portugal on vacation and wound up in Africa reporting on the Biafran/Nigerian civil war. In Lisbon she was told there were no flights into Nigeria. So she tracked down the mercenary pilots who delivered fourteen tons of guns, ammunition and explosives to Biafra, and talked them into giving her a ride. Her questions about the starving children she found at the Sisters of the Holy Rosary Mission brought that situation to worldwide attention.
On her return to the States she settled in Miami and worked for The Miami Herald writing features and a daily column. When the opportunity presented itself she went to Vietnam and wrote stories on the impact of the war on the civilian population. On her return she hosted her own talk show on WKAT Miami and after a while went back to Vietnam. There she collected stories fact and fiction and on her return, at the urging of her friend Truman Capote, started the process of writing The Bamboo Bends.
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